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Last Week – 21st to 27th June

On Thursday, we held the eighth of this year’s Saga Trophy races.  As so often, as the series reaches the end stages, the fleets tend to be larger and this week twelve boats entered.  On a welcomely windy evening the on-the-water duel was between Matt P-J, crewed by Alastair Banks, and Andy Harris, crewed by Nim Harris.  However, Jon Redding in his Laser was the ever-present threat on handicap.

My thanks to David P-J as OOD, assisted by Fleur Moree in the Box, and to Clive Mence and Geoff Malseed for manning the Patrol Boat.  The racing was followed by supper of jacket potatoes with sumptuous fillings followed by ice creams prepared by Alaphia, Chloe and Josie.

See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News, together with the results.

On Saturday, Junior Sailing had another great session run by Joe McLaughlin and Matt P-J. Fifteen brave Juniors attended the afternoon session in a strong southerly breeze with some noteable gusts filling the river they all handled themselves brilliantly. Toppers proved to be the boat of choice with reefs in the mainsails and some newbie crews doubled up with more experienced sailors, helping keep things ‘almost’ under control. A few additional new faces were welcomed to this popular junior session and a particularly large box of donuts made it all worthwhile for the participants (once all of the boats had been packed away nicely). We look forward to introducing some more racing and boat handling sessions over the coming weeks. Thanks to all the helpers and cake providers as ever!

Saturday night’s Summer Party was a tremendous success.  That success was, however, in the balance on Saturday morning as our chef, Alaphia, had become unwell on Friday evening and was not available to cook the planned food for the Party.  Nicky Johnson, who was masterminding the operation, sent out a cry for help to the House Committee and others and the response was tremendous, showing the spirit of the Club at its best.  Everyone pitched in to make all the preparations.  As a result, no-one attending could have told that there had been such an emergency and I cannot express too much admiration and gratitude to all those who answered the call and made the Party possible.  The food was beautifully presented, plentiful and delicious, the weather was balmy, the band was great and the Club was ready for it.  It was really good to see the mixture of established and new, younger and older Members all mixing in and enjoying it to the end.

On Sunday, the Cutty Sark Bolt Pursuit Handicap race was sailed in parallel with the Kempton Nut Handicap Pursuit for the Juniors.  In a strong and gusty southerly wind, eleven boats entered.  The first fleet to start was the Lasers from amongst which Jon Redding led the field to the end, just holding off Andy Harris’s Merlin, to take the Trophy. with Marcus Chavasse third.  Mattie Valentine, in a Laser, who was placed fourth, was the winner of the Kempton Nut

My thanks to Peter Mason as OOD, assisted by Richard Mason in the Box and to Robin Lince and Alex Dean who manned the Patrol Boat.

Sadly Alaphia was unwell and so could not serve the planned special menu of the sort of fare served aboard the Cutty Sark, however a lunch from the remnants of Saturday’s Party fare and the Bar was provided by Chloe, Josie, Charlotte and Sophie.

See the full report by Carolyne Vines in News.

This Week – 28th June to 4th July

Thursday, 30th June, sees the continuation of our Thursday evening racing with the last of the Saga Trophy races.  This year there are 9 races in the Series with 5 being needed to qualify.  A supper will be served after the racing.

On this Saturday, Junior Sailing will meet at 2.30, as normal, and Social Sailing can take place after the Juniors come off the water.  If you would like to go out but would prefer to be sure of the company of other boats, I suggest putting out a note on the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group to ask if anyone else is considering it.  If you are not on the Tamesis Sailing WhatsApp Group and would like to join, please ask to join using the ‘Contact us’ link on the website.

On Sunday, 3rd July, we are running Summer Series 9 races which this week incorporate the Restless Trophy for those Merlin Sailors not going to Salcombe.

Social Saturday

Now that the weather is expected to be a little warmer, we encourage Members to come down to the Club on Saturday afternoons for a social sail, to paddleboard or just to enjoy the river-front.  Social Saturdays will run during the summer months, depending on demand.  We plan to arrange for volunteers to open the Bar on most Saturdays – allowing you to choose simply to come down for a drink and a chat.  The activities on the water will not be formally supervised so please consider carefully before going on the water and read the Social Sailing Risk Statement on the Sailing Notices page on the Club website.

Looking Forward

Thursday evening races in July and August will be for the G.W. Smith Trophy.  Summer Series Blue and White races will continue on Sundays until the end of September, except on those Sundays when there is a Special Meeting.


The RYA Training tab on the website https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/rya-training/ will give you access to the Training Calendar.  In addition to the dates of the Courses and Camps, you will find a short explanation of how they are run and the costs.  Tim Medcalf will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

The RYA Level 1 and Level 2 Courses are now fully booked and there are only six spaces left on the Childrens’ Camps – one on the week beginning 15 August and five on the week beginning 29 August.


Don’t forget that on a Thursday evening and Saturday afternoon there are social paddles each week, just post a message on the SUP WhatsApp group if you’re keen to participate.

It is strongly recommended that all SUPers join the WhatsApp group so that they will learn of any changes or information about events or group Paddles.  To join the Tamesis SUP WhatsApp Group, please ask Leah via the ‘Contact Us’ link on the website.

The storage in the Undercroft has a new combination type door lock so SUPers no longer need to use the key but should pull the door shut whilst out on the water.  If you do not know the combination already, anyone with boards stored in the Undercroft, should drop Leah a text or email at goodlifepaddle@gmail.com for the code to the lock.

Those who store their Paddleboards in the Boatshed, please do not leave the Boatshed door open while you are out on the water.  It leaves the Boatshed insecure and there has been a spate of thefts from riverside locations recently.

All the SUP storage slots in both the Boatshed and the Undercroft have been numbered and Boards need to be labelled.  Please ensure all Paddleboards in storage have your name on them.  There are blank tags and marker pens in the Boatshed if you would rather not write directly on your Board.  After 10th July, unnamed Boards will be removed from the racks and stored for reclaim.

Leah Fraser is running Paddleboarding Instruction and Paddleboard Yoga as Club activities.  Upcoming SUP lessons will be running at the Club including SUP Yoga and Intermediate Paddleboard Coaching. Book on the website https://www.goodlifepaddle.com/book-online or, if you are interested in more information, send Leah an e-mail on goodlifepaddle@gmail.com.

Note: when booking online all Tamesis Members can use the code ‘TAMMY’ for a £5 discount on any session.

Offshore Sailing

Simon Thompson would like to remind Members that, as a by-product of the merger of Ariel with Tamesis, they potentially have access to the facilities of The Yacht Club which has two boats based on the Solent.  Simon has posted a message in the Tamesis Club Sailing WhatsApp giving some details of what is available and a link to further details.  If you are interested in some offshore sailing please follow up by contacting Simon.

New Race Start Schedule

The new Race Start Schedule is now the one to be used and the full Notice of Race can be found at https://www.tamesisclub.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Summer-Series-2022.pdf .

Dutyman and Club Volunteer Duties

The Dutyman list has been moved to the Members only log-in area of the website.


The Tamesis Noticeboard is now being used to show information on the following topics:

Resumption of Sailing and Use of Club Facilities, Advice on Casual Sailing and Paddleboarding, Car Parking, Club Boats, Boat Licences, Pilates and Works.

Chris Pollard